Minimally invasive strategies for the treatment of prostate cancer recurrence after radiation therapy: a systematic review

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INTRODUCTION: The aim of this review was to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the role of minimally invasive salvage modalities in radio-recurrent prostate cancer and the associated clinical outcomes and toxicity profiles. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A systematic review of the current literature was conducted through the Medline and NCBI PubMed, Scopus databases in January 2020. All papers published after 2000, concerning studies conducted on humans for radio-recurrent prostate cancer were considered for the review. EVIDENCE SYNTHESIS: Overall, 545 studies were identified. After duplicate exclusion, initial screening, and eligibility evaluation, a total of 80 studies were included in the qualitative analysis, corresponding to a cohort of 6681 patients. The median age at initial diagnosis ranged from 59 to 75.5. Pre-treatment PSA ranged from 6.2 to 27.4 ng/mL. All patients underwent primary radiotherapy for localized prostate cancer. Cryotherapy, Brachytherapy, EBRT, HIFU were the minimally invasive options mostly used as salvage therapy. They showed to be promising approaches for recurrent prostate cancer (PCa) control, with acceptable toxicities. CONCLUSIONS: Minimally invasive therapeutic options offer promising results in terms of biochemical control in the local recurrence setting. Unfortunately, the absence of high quality and comparative studies makes it difficult to establish which method is the best in terms of oncological and safety outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-578
Number of pages16
JournalMinerva urologica e nefrologica = The Italian journal of urology and nephrology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Urology


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